Life Extension Magazine

Life Extension Magazine March 2011

Book Review

Disconnect

The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family

The old adage “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire” may never be more true than when it comes to the radiation emitted from cell phones. For too many years, Big Cellular has brushed off claims that this radiation could be dangerous and labeled those who point to the alarming science supporting such claims as outside the mainstream. In Disconnect, National Book Award Finalist Devra Davis tackles this issue head on, taking readers on a tour de force to the darkest edges of the trillion-dollar cell phone industry.

Did you know that most cell phones come with a notice that says “do not hold closer than one inch from your body?” And did you know that insurance companies refuse to provide coverage to cell phone companies and operators in case of claims of health damage from long-term operation of their device?

Davis, a PhD, MPH, visiting professor at Harvard University and Georgetown University, didn’t know the above information either, but when she learned it, the new knowledge set her off on a fact-finding mission that became this book. In the book’s foreword, David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD states, “I myself, a physician, a scientist, a patient being followed for a malignant brain tumor for the past eighteen years…used a cell phone like everybody else. I was convinced, as well, that such technology could not possibly be released on the enormous scale that it has reached today without governments having demanded proof that there could be no health hazards from the widespread use of a new type of microwave radiation that practically everyone would be intensely exposed to for decades.”

In short, Dr. Davis found out that her assumptions weren’t just wrong, they were dangerously wrong. In her search for the truth, she encounters several key players, including Om P. Gandhi, an expert on how cell phone radiation penetrates the human brain. Gandhi was once a consultant to major cell phone carriers but now he refuses to work with them. She also talks to Franz Adlkofer, the leader of a multi-lab study that conclusively showed that human DNA is unraveled by cell phone microwave radiation.

While this information is disturbing, you’ll find that the lengths companies have gone to cover it up is even more so. In fact, the word is starting to get out, as more than a dozen countries advise restricting the use of cell phones by children and limiting direct exposures to the bodies and heads of adults. Davis provides a list of useful tips to help readers avoid unnecessary exposure in the back of the book. However, if you want the complete, compelling, and potentially life-saving tale of how cell phone radiation came to be ubiquitous in our lives, you’ll have to start on page one.

Editor’s note: Life Extension has long recommended that people use the speaker option on their cell phone and keep the phone about one foot away from one’s body when talking. This reduces the electro-magnetic field exposure to virtually zero.